MCN long-term test fleet 2022

Welcome to the 2022 MCN Long-term Test Fleet.

Over the course of the year we'll be putting serious miles on these 10 bikes to find out what they're like to live with.

Keep an eye out for written updates, videos and more. Click through to each individual page to get the latest updates as we pile on the miles.

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Click on the pictures below:

Aprilia Tuareg

Aprilia Tuareg 660

BMW K1600GT

BMW K1600GT

Ducati Multistrada V2

Ducati Multistrada V2

Honda NT1100

Honda NT1100

Indian FTR

Indian FTR

Kawasaki Z900RS

Kawasaki Z900RS

KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo

KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo

Suzuki GSX-S1000GT

Suzuki GSX-S1000GT

Triumph Speed Triple RR

Triumph Speed Triple RR

Yamaha R7 60th Anniversary Edition

Yamaha R7 60th Anniversary Edition

Triumph Tiger 1200 GT Explorer

Triumph Tiger 1200 GT Explorer

Long-term test videos

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Exploring the expensive electronic add-ons of the KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo

Exploring the expensive electronic add-ons of the KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo

The KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo sits at the premium end of the super-naked class. At £17,899 (2023 pricing) it’s £1399 more than Yamaha’s MT-10 SP and over £5300 more than a base spec BMW S1000R.

MCN Fleet: It’s a quick upgrade package and a set of new shoes for the NT1100

MCN Fleet: It’s a quick upgrade package and a set of new shoes for the NT1100

It’s been a month of swaps and changes for the Honda NT1100, which have made a difference to the handling, made for a more comfortable ride but has definitely been a costly set of upgrades. I’ve...

MCN Fleet: Emma reflects on a year with the Suzuki GSX-S1000GT in new video

MCN Fleet: Emma reflects on a year with the Suzuki GSX-S1000GT in new video

With almost 7000 miles under her belt, Emma reflects on a year with the Suzuki GSX-S1000GT. You can watch it below, with additional insight from Chief Road Tester, Michael Neeves. Update...

MCN Fleet: Neevesy explores the Tiger’s off-road cousin

MCN Fleet: Neevesy explores the Tiger’s off-road cousin

When it came to choosing which Triumph Tiger 1200 to run as an MCN long termer I went for the GT Explorer version. It’s the more road-focused model with a big tank and 19in front wheel. It’s also...

MCN Fleet: Injury forces Michael to miss out on a final big ride before autumn got hold

MCN Fleet: Injury forces Michael to miss out on a final big ride before autumn got hold

With the weather closing in and the scorching summer days very much a distant memory I’m lamenting the fact that I didn’t get to do a final big ride when the weather was good. The reason was down to...

MCN Fleet: Winter wrapped-up as the weather turns Baltic on the BMW K1600GT

MCN Fleet: Winter wrapped-up as the weather turns Baltic on the BMW K1600GT

On a hot day you’ll be reaching for the manually-deployable air scoops that open out from the fairing flanks to blast you with more airflow – but not at this time of year. Right now, you’ll really...

MCN Fleet: Tyre swap time for the Kawasaki Z900RS

MCN Fleet: Tyre swap time for the Kawasaki Z900RS

A while back I lent the Kawasaki Z900RS to Michael Neeves for a run around the MCN250 and when he returned it, he made a comment about the tyres. “It would really benefit from some better rubber,” he...

MCN Fleet: Life with the Speed Triple RR leaves Neevesy scratching his head

MCN Fleet: Life with the Speed Triple RR leaves Neevesy scratching his head

With the promise of superbike performance and a not-so-extreme riding position, the Speed Triple 1200 RR should have my name written all over it, but it doesn’t.   Trying to get to know you...

MCN Fleet: Spectacular Silverstone

MCN Fleet: Spectacular Silverstone

Contact: gareth.evans@motorcyclenews.com So here we are: embarking on my final trackday of the year and the culmination of my project to experience all the British Superbike host circuits on the...

MCN Fleet: Saffron reflects on what she changed on the Aprilia Tuareg during their time together

MCN Fleet: Saffron reflects on what she changed on the Aprilia Tuareg during their time together

During my time with the Tuareg, I added a few bits and bobs to make my ride easier, and to prep it for the mileage, touring and its off-road adventures. Luggage I experimented with two different...

MCN Fleet: Human kindness isn’t dead - Yet another FTR fuellish mistake

MCN Fleet: Human kindness isn’t dead - Yet another FTR fuellish mistake

I’ve made no secret of my disdain for pretty much everything petrol-related on the Indian FTR S. From the pessimistic gauge and awkward filler neck to the tank size, range and MPG figure, it’s the...

MCN Fleet: Summing up life with the Moto Guzzi V7 Stone

MCN Fleet: Summing up life with the Moto Guzzi V7 Stone

And just like that, I’ve come to the end of my time with the Moto Guzzi V7 Stone, 80 days to be exact, so not as long as some of my colleagues, but I guess all good things come to an end. The Moto...

MCN Fleet: Friends de-united

MCN Fleet: Friends de-united

I’m sad to report ‘my’ Trident’s gone back to Hinckley now, but I’ll never forget my time with Triumph’s triple. It’s been a brilliant companion for the sort of riding I do – mainly B-road blasts...

MCN Fleet: Exhilarated, exhausted, extinguished and excellent…that’s the Ducati Multistrada V4S

MCN Fleet: Exhilarated, exhausted, extinguished and excellent…that’s the Ducati Multistrada V4S

Context is a wonderful thing. Ride almost any motorcycle from the last decade in isolation, and you’ll almost certainly be a very happy human – you’d have to search long and hard to find an inherently...

MCN Fleet: Home time for the hooligan

MCN Fleet: Home time for the hooligan

As my time with the Green Hooligan comes to a close I have mixed feelings. Although I’m sad to see it go, I also can’t help but feel a pang of relief. I’m relieved that I’m able to hand it back in one...

MCN Fleet: Small advantages pay off for KTM 890 Adventure R

MCN Fleet: Small advantages pay off for KTM 890 Adventure R

It’s a pretty big claim, and it’s obviously subjective, but after eight months of ownership I think the KTM 890 Adventure R is the best adventure bike out there. Yes, there are more powerful bikes,...

MCN Fleet: Dan looks back fondly at a (largely) brilliant year with the Aprilia RS 660

MCN Fleet: Dan looks back fondly at a (largely) brilliant year with the Aprilia RS 660

I grew up with sportsbikes, one-piece suits, sliders and trackdays, but I’ve started to grow tired of living with the recipe of low clip-ons, high pegs and peaky inline fours. On a trackday, or when...

MCN Fleet: Emma speaks to Gen 2 Suzuki Hayabusa owners

MCN Fleet: Emma speaks to Gen 2 Suzuki Hayabusa owners

Peerless, that’s the best word to describe the 2021 Suzuki Hayabusa – there’s simply nothing quite like it. While manufacturers endlessly follow each other down the retro and dual-sport routes, Suzuki...

MCN Fleet: Honda CRF300 Rally - It’s part of the family

MCN Fleet: Honda CRF300 Rally - It’s part of the family

Yes, it’s small, but the Honda CRF300 Rally is a proper do-it-all – and it’s massive fun, too. Some machines are a bit of a one-trick pony, but the CRF300 Rally is at the opposite end of the usability...

MCN Fleet: Ali reflects on her riding year on the Yamaha Tracer 9GT

MCN Fleet: Ali reflects on her riding year on the Yamaha Tracer 9GT

A combination of the dreaded Covid19 hanging over us all and an operation on my ankle in November, meant my year wasn’t quite as planned. That said, I still clocked up over 6,000 miles on the Yamaha...

MCN Fleet: 5252 miles on our BMW S1000R

MCN Fleet: 5252 miles on our BMW S1000R

600 miles  26 May, 5pm: take delivery. Having had the original S1000R in 2014, which I loved, I can’t wait to ride the new one. It’s much like the old bike, albeit that bit more refined and doesn’t...

MCN Fleet: Forget everything you know about a Harley

MCN Fleet: Forget everything you know about a Harley

Speaking very personally, the Harley-Davidson Pan America is one of the most exciting bikes I’ve been able to test in my entire time at MCN. Why? Because I genuinely didn’t have a clue what it would...

MCN Fleet: The Honda Fireblade SP finds a permanent home

MCN Fleet: The Honda Fireblade SP finds a permanent home

Maybe it’s the ‘Lockdown Effect’, or perhaps it’s what’s known as a mid-life crisis (they’re not just for men, you know?) But whatever the reason, the result is I’m now the proud co-owner of a 2020...

MCN Fleet: Can the Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro devour its rivals?

MCN Fleet: Can the Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro devour its rivals?

My love affair with adventure bikes started way back in 2006 when I blagged a go on a friends KTM 950 Adventure. I was still into my sports bikes at the time, mainly 600 supersports but the KTM...

MCN Fleet: A Ducati Streetfighter for less?

MCN Fleet: A Ducati Streetfighter for less?

This is my third Ducati Streetfighter – I love ‘em. The latest V4 option is far from cheap, but there is a more affordable way to own one: get a used 1098 or 848 model.  My first Streetfighter was the...

MCN Fleet: Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT post-it pad video review

MCN Fleet: Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT post-it pad video review

After a year living with the Suzuki V-Strom 1050 XT, News Editor Jordan Gibbons gives his video verdict. Watch the full film above and catch previous updates below. Related: Full Suzuki V-Strom...

MCN Fleet: The KTM 1290 Super Duke GT is good, but not perfect

MCN Fleet: The KTM 1290 Super Duke GT is good, but not perfect

I couldn’t believe my luck when I was entrusted with KTM’s 1290 Super Duke GT. Grabbing the keys in early February, I couldn’t wait to put its 173bhp V-twin to the test on track and lose my European...

MCN Fleet Yamaha Ténéré 700 long-term test round-up

MCN Fleet Yamaha Ténéré 700 long-term test round-up

I’ve spent the strangest year of my life as custodian of the Yamaha Ténéré 700 and some of the best bits of it were spent in the saddle. Here’s how the last 12 months unfolded. Previous MCN Fleet...

MCN Fleet: Auf Wiedersehen Pet! Fond farewell to the BMW F900XR

MCN Fleet: Auf Wiedersehen Pet! Fond farewell to the BMW F900XR

It was a difficult year to put miles on a long-term test bike and I’ve given it back feeling like I had much to learn. Here’s a timeline of what I did manage to acheive with the bike and you can find...

MCN Fleet: Where did 2020 go on the Kawasaki Z H2

MCN Fleet: Where did 2020 go on the Kawasaki Z H2

Well, I feel I have blinked and missed 2020, which actually may be a good thing in some ways. I do though feel I have been robbed of some of the fun times I could have had out on the truly bonkers...

MCN Fleet: Would I buy the Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports?

MCN Fleet: Would I buy the Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports?

Last week, a reader asked me if I have a favourite manufacturer – not something I’ve really thought about before – and that got me thinking about my own bikes and the Honda Africa Twin I’ve now spent...

MCN Fleet: Video round-up of 2020 with the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

MCN Fleet: Video round-up of 2020 with the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

See the video above to find out what Gareth thinks of the Interceptor after spending 2020 riding, modifying and working it.  Update 8: Further afield on our Enfield First published 25/11/2020 After...

MCN Fleet: time to wash and go

MCN Fleet: time to wash and go

It’s time to wave goodbye to the Honda CBR650R and I’ll be really sad to see it go. Related: full expert Honda CBR650R review on MCN One of my concerns at the start of this long-term test was that...

MCN Fleet: Waving goodbye to Kawasaki’s Green Giant

MCN Fleet: Waving goodbye to Kawasaki’s Green Giant

‘Christ this thing’s big… I’m not sure what I’ve got myself in for here,’ is what I told myself as I wobbled out of the MCN carpark for the first-time aboard Kawasaki’s Versys 1000 SE almost a year...

MCN Fleet: Commuting is a piece of cake on the Yamaha XMAX 400

MCN Fleet: Commuting is a piece of cake on the Yamaha XMAX 400

This time of year depresses me – the days are grey, nights are long and winter feels like it’s never going to end. There is one ray of sunshine though, my daily commute on the Yamaha XMAX 400...

MCN Fleet: KTM 790 Adventure R delivers on its potential

MCN Fleet: KTM 790 Adventure R delivers on its potential

The start of every year is always filled with such high expectation of rides, adventures and quality time on your bike. But life is busy and it’s so easy for the summer months to drift past and you...